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Jan 13, 2013 10:00am PST
to say the pro-israel lobby which is a very diverse collection of organizations. some of them with very different motives. what got me really wasn't so much the adjective, although i found the adjective odd, it was the verb, intimidates. chuck hagel for 12 years was a senator from the state of nebraska. i looked it up. there are about 6,100 jews in the state of nebraska. i can imagine many lobbies that might have intimidated hagel when he was in the senate. the ethanol lobby, for example, the farm lobby, various other kinds of lobbies. the nra, the pro-life lobby and so on. it's hard to see how he levels a charge that this lobby intimidates people. now, are there pro-israel groups that are lobbying on behalf of israel? absolutely. are there dozens, if not hundreds of lobbies in washington operating in the same way all the time. so, this peculiar charge that this particular jewish lobby intimidates senators was something i found very disturbing and, obviously, not alone in this view. >> but you have writing in the "times" essentially about your column. it is bullying and name calling to
Jan 6, 2013 7:00am PST
. will israel bomb iran and will the euro zone finally break apart? >>> then the fiscal cliff. the view from across the pond. how did our political process look from a perch overseas and what will it all mean for the u.s. economy and the global economy? >>> also, will this be india's awakening? the nation confronts its own dark corners after a despicable deadly act. i'll look at some parallels with america's recent tragic school shooting. >>> first, here's my take. the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is a small victory for sanity, but what it says about the future is somewhat bleak. washington will probably lurch from crisis to crisis kicking problems forward and placing band aids small solutions on those it does address. there will likely be no large-scale initiative on entitlement reform, energy policy, probably even immigration reform and this is the real worry. because beyond the self-inflicted crisis of the cliff and the forthcoming debt ceiling, the united states faces a much deeper challenge. for more than a decade now, for many decades by some measures, america's growth rates have slo
Jan 27, 2013 7:00am PST
abdullah's only problem. he has syria to the north and iraq to the east and israel and the west bank to his west. i sat down with king abdullah at davos on friday. your majesty, when you look at the arab spring, is it fair to draw the inference, at this point in the game, that repression has not worked but bribery has. by which i mean to say that the states attempted repression are either the regimes are gone or teetering like syria. but those that have large oil wealth were able to provide various kinds, particularly in the gulf, have all survived. >> well, i think you have to take a step back and look at history of how the middle east was divided up. and this is one of the problems we face in political reforms in jordan. we're still living in the shadows of the cold war and during the cold war, it was more sort of the monarchies to the west and to the soviet union. maybe you've seen the reaction more in the republics than you have in the countries that are sort of either emirates or monarchies. but this is what makes maybe the transition to political reform more difficult. in my country,
Jan 27, 2013 10:00am PST
, you did also have the rise of new voices in israel that openly talk about the permanent annexation of the west bank and gaza, that talks about there is no palestinian state and that jordan is the palestinian state? >> i think since arab spring, you have many israelis saying this is the best thing that's happened to us. and all of us couldn't believe or fathom that line of reasoning. i would say that most israelis look at the arab spring with tremendous concern. so the last thing i would think that the majority of sensible raebllys would want the region destabilized. the question is can they create a two-state solution? we're not too late, the two-state solution will only survive as long as president obama's term. beyond that, if we don't fix it in the next four years, i don't believe it will ever happen. >> a final question, i mentioned repression didn't work, bribery seems to have worked. you haven't repressed, you don't have the money to bribe. do you feel like you have managed this kind of balancing act in jordan and that you worry that all these pressures from syria, the israel
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